In the early twentieth century, wealthy young Americans took a year off after high school or college to tour Europe. The grand tour was modeled after a tradition of wealthy Europeans that dated back to the 1600’s. This is the background for Lisa T. Bergren’s new Grand Tour series, starting with “Glamorous Illusions”.
What woman wouldn’t jump at the chance to take a European grand tour? Cora Diehl, for one. Her goal is to complete Normal School and become a teacher. When her father suddenly takes ill and cannot afford medical care, Cora learns that he is her adopted father, and that her natural father is wealthy copper baron Wallace Kensington. Wallace will pay for her father’s medical care, but on one condition: that Cora take her rightful place as one of his children and join her half-siblings on their grand tour of Europe.
Bergren weaves a believable story of the awkward events surrounding the half-siblings learning to get along. The story held my rapt attention as the little group travelled, sometimes with opposition and sometimes opposing each other. I look forward to the next book in the series.